When you feel like reading, you buy a book
When you feel hungry, you eat food
When you wish to learn, you go to a school, college or join an online course
When you like to entertain yourself, you watch Netflix or YouTube
When you wish to grow your blog, you build a planner! There I said it.
When I started, I had no clue that even a blog needs a direction. I thought running a blog is simple. Just write your articles and post. With this assumption, I use just write my tasks on a sticky note which I may or not complete.
I kept pushing my tasks to “tomorrow”, my biggest enemy of all time.
But then two weeks passed away and I was kind of heartbroken when I couldn’t get traffic on my website. A thought kept pinching me “Why am I making so many efforts when no one is reading them?” (Hard Truth: Blaming Google’s algorithm doesn’t help)
That was the time when I decided to look for successful bloggers and learn how they are making it big. No, I’m not talking about monetization here; I’m talking about building my blog with considerable content creation and distribution.
After reading about 10-20 blogs on best blogging habits and few interviews I realized, whether you are committed to blogging full-time or part-time, you need a plan and that plan works well within a planner.
Have you heard a famous quote from T Boon Pickens, “ A fool with a plan is better off than a genius without a plan.”
I was determined hereafter that I would start with a blog planner, which turned out really good for me.
5 Reasons Why You Should Use A Blog Planner?
A blog planner can work wonders. It can save your blog from facing any failure given that you follow it. Here are the top 5 reasons for you to use a blog planner:
1. Brings Clarity On Micro-Goals
Blog planners will keep changing as your work progresses but if we talk about a basic blog planner then it should include small or micro-goals, which I have talked about enough on my social network. (Check out my blogging tips on Instagram/Facebook)
When it comes to starting a blog, you need to know how to go from writing your first masterpiece to growing your loyal audience, email list, traffic, distribution of blog, running social network, etc.
Now, it’s not humanly possible to remember everything. So, what you can do is make a checklist of what you need to do once you start with a blog. The checklist should cover the priority tasks at first.
For instance, my checklist should include keyword research and content creation on top and promotion and distribution later. So, creating 1-2 blog posts a week should be a micro-goal for me.
Other micro-goals after publishing your blog can be repurposing your blog or getting backlinks on it.
2. Helps You In Keeping A Track On Numbers
Your weekly blog planner will start indicating numbers such as:
-Number of blog posts
-Number of pins created for the Pinterest board
-Number of emails sent
-A number of platforms covered for blog distribution etc.
The numbers will differ for every blog as it may depend on a no. of factors such as the popularity of a niche, competition, blog quality, etc. but consistent efforts done by using a blog planner will start producing numbers which are again results of your efforts.
3. Makes You More Productive
The Internet can eat your time. The moment you log into your laptop, distractions will surround you. Notification from social networks and email will start flowing in and even before you realize, you would have already lost your precious time doing nothing productive.
This blog planner will keep you in check. It will tell you every day what to do.
When you are your boss, nobody is questioning you. I know it sounds super good. But if you lose your focus the same freedom can let you lose your purpose.
It’s best to stick to a planner.
4. Acts As A One Stop Solution For All Blogging Activities
When you start as a blogger, you are a one-man army. You may or may not have enough funds to outsource your tasks or hire a person to do things for you.
While a blog checklist will indicate what you need to do, a blog planner will be all about how to execute those things. For instance, you can plan the days of your week by dividing the tasks for each day.
Your planner will be like a one-stop solution that has dates and days specified for every activity that needs to be carried out. If you can follow your planner strictly, you will not need help until your traffic has grown too big.
5. Brings A Routine in Blogging
In another blog post of mine, I mentioned that Humans are creatures of habits. We all have a routine that we stick to. There is a reason behind it. We follow something because it keeps us organized.
If you are someone who is blogging part-time then you can fix your work hours in the planner and it will keep you motivated every day to do your task. It will be more like a routine thing for you, which is good.
In case you are blogging full-time, then a blogging calendar should be the first thing you should refer to every day. You can accommodate more activities since you will have more time. Also, this habit of following your planner every day will help you in focusing and refrain you from toiling in anonymity.
How Can You Make a Basic Blog Planner in 2020?
A basic blog planner for beginners will be all about dividing your days of the week and further sub-dividing your every day into productive hours.
Dedicate one page for writing the overall goals you wish to achieve in a month and then start dividing it into smaller goals.
Decide how many days you are going to work for your blog and the number of hours you can find in a day for the execution of your goals.
For instance, if I’m in a job then probably I cannot give more than 3-4 days a week. So I have to set my goals accordingly.
Let me list my goals now and distribute it to my available days:
Day 1: Researching Topic & keywords and Writing content
This is going to consume your time. You will have to think of great topics and find relevant keywords and write an article of a considerable length. While some can do this in 2-3 hours beginners may take more time like 4-5 hours. As a beginner if you think its too much then go ahead and divide this task into 2 days.
Day 2: Publishing content and sharing it on different social networks.
Always publish your content only after you have proofread it. Same of day publishing is advisable only if you are experienced otherwise wait till the next day so that you can read with a fresh mind before publishing. Also, you can double-check when it comes to optimizing content & images as per SEO, designing a featured image and adding your links properly.
Once published you need to promote it on different social channels so go on and spread it across all your social networks. This is again time-consuming. I would suggest that you interact with other bloggers so that your articles get attention too else it will go unnoticed. For promotion on Pinterest, you will have to create a pin to do it. So again you will take time in designing it through a tool like Canva.
Day 3: Distribution of your blog content
Distribution of your blog content doesn’t end with social sharing and goes far beyond that. Send emails to your subscribers or post it to different platforms such as Medium. You have to find out time for blog distribution.
Day 4: Look for blog promotion & track analytics
Promotion is a personal choice. You can either connect with influencers or ask them to promote your blog site or run paid ads on Facebook, Instagram, and Google, etc. The promotion will bring loads of traffic so don’t skip this part completely. Set up Ads yourself or ask experts to do it for you.
Track your analytics daily or weekly if your schedule is busy. “Knowing is winning”, so keep an eye on what’s working and continue with that formula in future too.
What My Blog Activity Planner Has To Offer?
After trying for quite some time, I finally made a blog activity planner for beginners & those who are still struggling with a plan.
Using this planner, your micro-goals will fall in place. I know it gets difficult to figure out things at the beginning but no one has to do it alone. This blog planner will motivate you to plan your tasks and execute them then and there to start seeing some results.
Here’s what this planner will offer you:
- It’s a weekly planner with 7-days activities listed in them
- A list of micro-goals for beginners is already specified within
- An overall layout of the week
- Each day divided into three micro-tasks
- The pre-defined task for each day will help you explore new ways of blogging
- Pro tips for beginners.
- A fixed and productive routine that both part-timers and full-timers can follow.
- Access to three free resources (a guide, two 2 free e-books that will help start and grow your blog)
There are a lot of micro-goal settings present inside the planner and easy to achieve. Follow this routine for a quarter to see a great difference from when you started to three months later.
So, are you ready to give a head start to your blogging?
A great blog content planner or blog activity planner is one that builds a system for you that works. After using a routine in my blogging activities, I could see a great difference. I knew that it inspired me every day and kept me going. I live a laptop lifestyle and therefore no one comes and assigns me tasks but myself. So, a planner keeps me focused, right on goals and paves my way to a different tomorrow.
What concerns you the most while making a planner? Share in the comments below.
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